Canadian professor who taught antivaccine content is put on leave

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 20 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h999

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  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

The instructor of a first year health course at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, has taken a leave of absence after local media reported that she was teaching antivaccine material to the 425 students enrolled in the class Health 102: Physical Determinants of Health.

Melody Torcolacci, an adjunct professor in the department of health studies and kinesiology, will return to the university in May but will no longer teach the course, the university’s provost said in a statement concluding his investigation into the affair. Torcolacci, a former Olympic shotputter, has not spoken to the media and could not be reached for comment.

Newspapers around Kingston and across Canada learnt of the course when a former student, Isabelle Duchaine, reacting to …

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